Foster + Partners just announced the opening of one of their latest large-scale projects in China: the China Resources University in Xiao Jing Wan to the east of Shenzhen. Completed as part of a larger mixed-use development, the 55,000-square-meter university campus is built from specially designed brick fired from locally sourced earth. The brick buildings reflect the region’s history of brick masonry and are interspersed with public spaces and landscaping to “encourage interaction and a sense of wellbeing.”
Set atop a hill, the new China Resources University overlooks views towards the South China Sea and accommodates hundreds of students. The campus comprises a management training institute, residential buildings, five teaching building, an invention center, auditoria, library, and gym. The campus is connected to a larger mixed-use development, also designed by Foster + Partners, that includes a hotel, clubhouse, retail, and other residences.
“The idea was to create a cascading complex of buildings and spaces – a series of teaching and living spaces, terraces and informal streets that encourage interaction and a sense of wellbeing,” said Chris Bubb, architect partner at Foster + Partners. The campus is made primarily from locally fired brick as a nod to Shenzhen’s history of brick masonry buildings. Coarse stones hand-pressed against the bricks before the firing process give the bricks their rough texture, which were then baked at varying temperatures to create different colors to match the different tones of earth in the surrounding area.
Images via Foster + Partners, by Neil Young